Together is a collection of songs
composed by Fil and Tom and featuring
both artists together and separately
on lead vocals.
Also included on the album are two
classic songs Peace In Erin and The Maples Lament.
1. Until We Meet Again (Campbell) 2. We'll Get
Theree When We Get There (McFarland)
3. Ring The Bell
Peace In Erin (Trad/Lyrics - Hugh Mcwilliams)
5. The Bird's Song (Campbell McFarland) 6. A
New Song To Sing (Campbell
7. People Tell Me I'm Lucky
(McFarland) 8. The Maple's Lament
9. Sunshine In The Rain (Campbell) 10. Time
11. Island Love (Campbell/McFarland) 12. Talk
Fil Campbell (Vocals & Rhythm
Guitar) Tom McFarland (Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion)
Steve Cooney (Guitars) John
Fitzpatrick (Fiddle) Ben Sands (Mandolin)
Brendan Monaghan (Tin Whistle) Nuala
Colum Sands (Double Bass &
The Singmarra Choir feature on “Ring
from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist
Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager.
brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities
and townland's of Fermanagh and Donegal.
90's Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a
musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion
plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and
contemporary songs -- punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic -- has won
the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.
"Tom's superbly judged and
sensitively understated percussion and vocal harmonies
prove a perfect foil to Fil's glorious singing." David Kidman, Living
Fil is well
known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside
her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a
critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent
recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarlandis both varied and eclectic.
working out of his own Ballyneddan Studio where he is at home both as an
engineer and producer has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as
John Wright, David Knopfler, Finbar Furey, Ben Sands and many more.
percussionist he is much in demand as a bodhran tutor and session player making
appearances on numerous recordings. Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to
instruments from all over the world. In his live work he plays, the bodhrán,
the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically
anything else that can be shaken or hit including your normal drum kit.
Campbell & Tom McFarland first met they were both working in and around the
music business. Fil had just left Downtown Radio’s PR department to set up her
own promotion business working as a publicist for concert and TV promoters and
booking bands into interviews and gigs. At that time Tom was moonlighting on
sound crews for local Cajun and soul bands as well as singer songwriters. By
day he was working for Guinness in their corporate division.
just started to rekindle his interest in percussion - having played drums as a
teenager - and since meeting Fil he would often join her in various music
sessions. After a
while Tom persuaded Fil to return to performing having taken a break from her
At first Tom
provided sound for Fil and then gradually the duo started to develop their own percussion
and guitar sound, utilising congas and bongos to add lots of additional rhythms
to Fil’s guitar playing.
After they married
in 1988 they moved away from Belfast
to concentrate on performing it was during this time that Tom taught himself how
to play the bodhran.
was playing occasionally with a fun group called The Presley Brothers, a mix of
country blues and singer songwriter material. Tom would occasionally join them
on percussion and drums and from there it only took a short while before Fil
& Tom were appearing on stage together. After a time their set gradually
evolved towards traditional music and their own compositions.
moving to Rostrevor in 1993 to record Fil's first solo album - and never going
back – they became established as a duo performing on both the Irish and UK folk
circuit. Tom developed a reputation for
being a very sensitive accompanist rather than a showy drummer and as a result their
songs took on a slightly different shape and sound.
the percussion changes according to the music we are performing,
New drums are
introduced whilst old ones get retired for a while; however
the emphasis is to
subtle using rhythm and voices
“….... a unique voice. She really
gets to the heart of a song” Living Tradition.
(Tom and Fil) (Nov 2017)
(featuring Tom McFarland) (2015)
Emigrant Woman's Tale (with poet Csilla Toldy) (2015) A Place of My Own (more songs from
the Songbirds catalogue) (2012) Farewell To
Cold Winter (Songbirds Part Two) (2011) Songbirds
DVD of TV Series (2006)
Turn of the Day (2001)
Beyond The Woods (1992)